TRAINER Michael Trinder holds the key to the $16,000 Wynyard Cup on his home track at Spreyton on Sunday.
Trinder has three runners including topweight Temajim, a winner of eight races and $95,000, and second topweight Royal Miswaki (10 wins and $139,000).
However, his best chance may be the up-and-coming Thorn Man, a winner of only four races, and three of those in the past month.
Thorn Man has improved with every run since transferring to the Trinder stable from leading Brisbane trainer Robbie Heathcote.
The Wynyard Cup, over 1880 metres, is clearly his toughest test but, with the claim for apprentice Bulent Muhcu, Thorn Man has a significant weight advantage on his two stablemates.
The six-year-old is dropping back in distance on his last-start win over 2100m but had previously scored over 1600m when he raced close to the lead before sprinting clear.
The Wynyard Cup was once a prestigious race on the Tasmanian calendar but went into recess for many years before being revived in 2010.
Michael Trinder won it in 2011 with Cash For Shaw on a historic day.
It was the last meeting conducted on the turf track at Spreyton before it was ripped up and replaced with the Tapeta synthetic surface.
Other winners since the revival have been Ladeto, Mr Isaac and Naadj.